Friday, March 29, 2013

Bon Weekend

It's Good Friday, the sun is shining, and the temperature has cracked 50 degrees so I've decided to take the day off. Hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend! 

Photo taken by me at Bunny William's office for Creativity at Work

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Chicest Workspace

I was at the J.Crew headquarters yesterday to resee the Fall 2013 collection.  As much as I love the clothes, I love the decor even more.  Enjoy!

Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sponsor Giveaway: HATCH Collection

It seems like everyone is pregnant these days from the Duchess of Cambridge to Kim Kardashian.  If you are also expecting, then do I have a giveaway for you!  HATCH Collection is generously offering one lucky Habitually Chic reader a $500 gift certificate to their site.  It's full of great pieces of chic, timeless, and comfortable wardrobe essentials to wear before, during, and after pregnancy. I wouldn't mind owning The Boyfriend Dress above myself! I also noticed that they now offer petites for ladies under 5'3". 

To enter, please leave a comment with your name and favorite item from the HATCH Collection.  Email entries will not be accepted.  This giveaway is also open to my international readers since HATCH ships around the world. One entry per household may be received until 11:59pm on April 1, 2013. A winner will be announced on April 2, 2013.  Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway has ended and Karenina is the winner.  Congratulations! 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity

When I read one reviewer of the new Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art describe the Impressionist artists as the "street style photographers of the past", I thought Monet and Manet would roll over in their graves. But once you see the exhibition in person, you realize that the Impressionists were truly capturing the fashions of their day.  The most amazing part of the show is that the Met has some of the actual dresses on display next to the paintings. It's also not just for the ladies.  One whole gallery is dedicated to the men who only had to change their clothes twice a day unlike the women who changed for almost every activity. 

I visited this exhibition on a very busy Saturday where it was a bit difficult to see everything so I was grateful to be invited back for a semi-private tour on a Monday were I was allowed to take photographs to share with you.  Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity runs though May 27, 2013. 

"The latest fashion . . . is absolutely necessary for a painting. It's what matters most."
— Édouard Manet, 1881

Jean-Frédéric Bazille (French, 1841–1870) 
Family Reunion, 1867

Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926) 

Luncheon on the Grass (left panel), 1865–66 
Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926) 

Luncheon on the Grass (central panel), 1865–66 

Day Dress 
American, 1862–64 
White cotton piqué with black soutache 

Albert Bartholomé (French, 1848–1928) 
In the Conservatory (Madame Bartholomé), ca. 1881 
Summer Day Dress Worn by Madame Bartholomé in the Painting In the Conservatory 
French, 1880 
White cotton printed with purple dots and stripes 

Gustave Caillebotte (French, 1848–1894) 
At the Café, 1880 

Could you imagine having to wear this today?!

Gustave Caillebotte (French, 1848–1894) 
Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877 

This guy kept getting ahead of me and invaded all my shots but here he makes a great contrast to show how differently men dress today. 

This was my favorite painting. You can just imagine the woman in on the left in the back is gossiping about someone to the gentleman leaning in. 

All photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic

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